The big kids were itching to go, and Lu was just itching for some beach reading time.
There’s my kind of gal 🙂
The first day we went up there the surf was kind of wild so we decided to try Waimea Bay (one of Dave and my favorite spots).
So we sat and watched the experienced surfers do their thing.
Claire morphed into a mermaid:
…and dug and dug. And dug some more.
The big girls caught some sun:
Lucy was pretty enthralled with her book:
But oh how Dave and Max yearned to get in that water.
As we packed up to head to the next spot a big family came and approached us who turned out to recognize us and they were doing the same thing: soaking up family time before their son left on his mission…on the same day to the same place Max is headed. Is that crazy or what?
Then we headed to check out the size of the waves at Pipeline.
We basked on that beach for a while too, then headed back to Haleiwa to get some Matsumoto shave ice.
But we were total suckers and stood there enjoying the ambiance. I’m not a big fan of any kind of frozen desserts, but I must admit that that stuff did not disappoint.
…especially the kind with the condensed milk on top.
Then we drove home with sunbursts chasing us through the sky.
And we watched the sun sink behind the ocean.
We had a little surprise up our sleeves for the kids. We had heard great things about this little adventure we could go on, so we decided to take it:
The next morning we got up before dawn to go swim with some sharks.
Yes, that’s right.
Not the jumping-in-with-bull-sharks-or-great-whites kind of swimming with sharks, the much more tame kind, just the kind where you are pretty protected in a cage and you can just watch them, but it was pretty awesome just the same!
See that cage on the back of the boat?
That’s what we got to hang in.
It was such a gorgeous morning.
Lucy had quite mixed emotions about this grand endeavor. We had told her about it the night before and she had decided it would be pretty cool, but by the time we got on the boat she was definitely having second thoughts.
Serious contemplation going on right there.
But with Dave and Claire at her side it didn’t take too long to turn her around 😉
We watched as the first group had their turn. Sharks started coming up like crazy.
I guess when they hear the engine it’s like a Pavlov effect because they associate engines with food.
It was kind of fun to watch for a little while from the back of the boat.
Then it was our turn.
Ready or not, here we come.
Max was the first one in and last one out.
He loved that thing. Grace was second most excited.
See those sharks in the upper right corner of this picture?:
They gave us a good show. There were a bunch of them swimming around and we just got to observe.
…that is, when we weren’t trying to help Lucy see them and keep her mask on. I probably put that mask on like 45 times and her eyesight isn’t the best to know where to look but it was SO FUN when she saw “Gus” and “Betsy” (we took to naming them:)
Everyone came out all smiles.
Something we won’t soon forget I’ll tell you that!
Ok I have to run so I’m going to have to finish up my thoughts about surfing later today!
To be continued…